Laurieton Foreshore Clean Up Australia Day site coordinator Sue Baker has thanked the community for its effort in helping to keep the environment clean.
The 2018 haul of rubbish represented only a fraction of what had been collected in previous years.
“A huge thank you to all those walkers who are obviously cleaning up as they go and are making a huge difference, and to the community in general for disposing of rubbish more responsibly,” Sue said.
Twelve volunteers joined Sue on March 4 for the Clean Up Australia event in Laurieton.
“These people are all regulars and without them, the clean up would not happen,” she said.
“The items of greatest concern were ropes and netting collected from the mangroves.
“These are materials in which marine animals can be caught in if they wash out into the river.”
Sue said the rubbish collected in 2018 was less than a quarter of what is normally collected.
However she said a larger than usual amount was collected from behind the shopping area by stalwart volunteer Jenny Kayberry.